Assault on woman earns conviction

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An Oamaru man who returned home to find it in a “state of chaos” after a party and assaulted a woman, appeared in the Oamaru District Court yesterday.

Justin Conrad McFarlane, 35, freezing worker, of Oamaru, was convicted and ordered to come up if called upon in nine months for assaulting a woman on April 23, 2013.

Judge Joanna Maze said on April 23, McFarlane returned home to find it in a “state of chaos” after some sort of party.

In his anger, he head butted a woman with “sufficient force” and her injury required 11 stitches.

Defense counsel Michael de Buyzer said it was an impulse act, under stress on McFarlane’s part.

Judge Maze said he had received a very good work reference, an apology had been made to the victim and it had been accepted.

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Timothy van Delden, 30, unemployed, of Oamaru was convicted, sentenced to 40 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for 12 months for driving on Awamoa Rd while suspended on November 14, 2012.

Danielle Cindy McEwan, 19, kitchen hand, of Balclutha, was convicted, sentenced to six months’ supervision and 40 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for eight months, for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 832mcg on July 6.

Amanda Ngaire Rowsell, 40, of Tokarahi, was convicted, fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 460mcg on Thames Hwy on November 14, 2012.